Richardson impresses again with 10.77 second win in 100m


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Los Angeles (AFP)

American Sha’Carri Richardson claimed another impressive 100m victory on Sunday, clocking 10.77 seconds in a 1.2m / s headwind to triumph at the USA Track and Field Golden Games in Walnut, in California.

Richardson, the 21-year-old who became the sixth-fastest woman in history last month with a time of 10.72 seconds in a meeting in Florida, was again in impressive form on Mt. Track at San Antonio College, where she clocked a superb 10.74 seconds in the heats.

While she couldn’t suppress a small shrug of disappointment that she didn’t improve on that in the final, Richardson said she knew she had more in her with the US Olympic Trials and the Tokyo Games. which are fast approaching.

“I was really expecting a different time, a different execution,” she said, adding that in addition to the headwind having to reset more than once at the start was a bit unsettling.

“At the end of the day, there are no excuses,” she said. “(I) ran a great race, I walked away with the ‘Dub’ (W). So I’m not disappointed.”

But she focuses on the story of the event in which only Florence Griffith Joyner – whose world record of 10.49 seconds was set in 1988 – and Carmelita Jeter and Marion Jones beat 10.7 seconds.

“At the end of the day, I know I can do better,” she said. “Every time it happens it comes, but I really want to make history. I want everyone to know every time I get on the track, it will be an amazing presentation.”

American Cravon Gillespie won the men’s 100m in 9.96 s (wind, 1.9 m / s). Compatriot Isiah Young was second in 9.99 and Chris Belcher third in 10.01.

World champion Noah Lyles won the men’s 200m, passing it late to overtake Kenny Bednarek in the final five meters and win in 19.90sec. Bednarek was second in 19.94 and Jereem Richards of Trinidad was third in 20.20.

Gabby Thomas won the women’s 200m in 22.12sec, repelling a late charge from Allyson Felix, 35, who was second in 22.26 in her first 200m since 2017.

Félix, the only female track and field athlete to win six Olympic gold medals, focused on the 400m in the latter part of her career, but plans to compete in the 200m and 400m at the US Olympic trials in June.

Her late push put her ahead of Lynna Irby, who was third in 22.27 seconds.

– Benjamin made a statement –

A series of events have seen world-class performances, including Rai Benjamin’s astonishing 47.13 seconds to win a searing 400m hurdles final in his first start in the event this Olympic season.

Kyron McMasters of the British Virgin Islands was second in 47.50 and Brazilian Alison Dos Santos third in 47.68 – all three in Dos Santos’ best precedent of 2021 of 48.15.

The times were national records for McMasters and Dos Santos.

The American Elle Purrier won the women’s 1500m in a time of 3min 58.36s leading the world.

Purrier improved his previous personal best of 4: 00.77 and eclipsed the previous best time this year of 3: 59.67 set by Australian Linden Hall in Melbourne on April 1.

American Christopher Nilsen won the men’s pole vault with a jump of 5.91m, eclipsing the 5.90m taken by world record holder Armand Duplantis during a competition in Louisiana last month. And Shamier Little won the women’s 400m hurdles in 53.65 seconds, world leader.

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